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Rivervale NJ, Assemblywomen Holly Schepisi claims New Jersey democrats are attempting to put forth a dangerous constitutional amendment which would essentially rig all future elections in this State. Bill number SCR 43, amends the New Jersey state constitution to change legislative redistricting, under the guise of making districts more competitive while in reality making them less competitive in perpetuity.
In an unprecedented coalition, the League of Women Voters of New Jersey, Brennan Center for Justice at NYU Law, Patrick Murray of Monmouth University, Princeton University’s Gerrymandering Project, Clean Water Action New Jersey, good government Democrats and the New Jersey Republican caucus are all fighting together to stop this extreme example of gerrymandering. Please reach out to your local representatives and demand good and transparent government.
Not a single expert witness or group testified in favor of SCR-43 during a Nov. 26, 2018 committee hearing on the constitutional amendment, which would make cataclysmic changes to New Jersey ‘s legislative redistricting process.
The constitutional amendment, as proposed by New Jersey Democrats, has been widely characterized as a political scheme designed to cement a permanent Democratic majority, disenfranchising millions of New Jersey voters in the process.
“Such a map would create an artificial, evenly-distributed advantage for the majority party. This would drastically reduce the number of seats for the minority party in a way most New Jerseyans would consider to be unfair,” Brian Williams, Princeton University Gerrymandering Project (Nov. 26, 2018)